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Cataract surgery

Affordable options for cataract surgery

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What is a cataract?

Cataracts are a common eye condition. As you get older the lens inside your eye gradually changes and becomes less transparent and this affects your ability to see.

When the lens becomes cloudy, light struggles to pass directly through it and you may notice problems with your vision. A cataract is not a growth or a film growing over your eye; it is simply your lens becoming misty.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

There are a number of symptoms including:

  • Cloudy vision
  • Changes in colour vision
  • Glare while driving
  • Glare during the day
  • Glasses prescription changes (increased frequency)
  • Double vision or ghosting of images (especially if only noticeable in one eye)

When should I seek treatment for my cataracts?

The most common reason for cataracts is growing older, when natural changes within the lens occur. Most people over the age of 65 have some changes in their lens and the majority of us will develop a cataract in time. Other common causes of cataracts include: diabetes, medications such as steroid eye drops, and previous eye surgery. There is research into other factors which may affect cataract development such as: smoking, lifelong exposure to sunlight, poor diet lacking antioxidant vitamins. In general, the reason for the cataract will not affect the way it is removed.

If you suspect that you have a cataract you will need a professional eye examination by your optician or ophthalmologist. If your vision can be corrected to an acceptable level with glasses or contact lenses, surgery may be avoided at this time. If your vision loss cannot be corrected by the above measures and if this interferes with your daily life (driving, watching television, hobbies) then your cataract will need to be removed surgically.

What does cataract surgery involve?

Cataract surgery is the removal of the cataract and insertion of an artificial lens called an Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL) into the eye. It is the most successful and most frequently performed operation in the UK with over 325,000 cases annually. More than 90 per cent of patients operated on have a significant improvement in their vision. The operation can be performed at any stage of cataract development. There is no need to wait until your cataract is “ripe” before removing it. Most people choose to have their cataracts removed when the change in their vision starts to cause them difficulties in everyday life, such as driving, cooking, or reading.

How long does cataract surgery take?

Cataract surgery usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes and most people go home from hospital about 1-2 hours later. It is done under local anaesthetic, which means you will be awake during the operation but you will not feel any pain. The local anaesthetic may involve eye drops and/or an injection. It is a day case procedure which means you will not need to stay in hospital overnight.

What are the results of cataract surgery?

Patients often report an almost overnight improvement in their eyesight, with many returning to activities such as driving and reading with no further eye problems. Many people who have had cataract surgery also find that they rely less on glasses.

What are the risks and complications of cataract surgery?

The risk from cataract surgery is very low (< 1%) and complications are very rare. After the operation you will be sent home with care instructions and you will need to put drops into your eyes for a few weeks. Provided you follow the advice given to you after cataract surgery your recovery should be complete and complication-free.

Pre-operative assessment:

A pre-operative assessment is our opportunity to ensure that the procedure for which you have been referred is right for you. We’ll explain your treatment to you and make sure that you are well enough to go ahead with it. It is also your opportunity to meet the team who will care for you and to ask any questions.

 

Why choose us?

If you aren’t eligible to receive the treatment you need under the NHS, or want to fast track your treatment but don’t have private medical insurance, our self pay packages could be the ideal solution for you.

We know that when your quality of life, or ability to earn a living, is being compromised you want fast access to reliable treatment that won’t break the bank. If you thought private treatment was too expensive, you might be surprised by our prices which offer excellent value for money, with no compromise on clinical outcomes.

With our option of paying for yourself you’ll get high quality, consultant-delivered care without the unnecessary extras. We keep things simple, so that the price you pay is more affordable. At our hospitals you get everything you need – expert surgeons, state of the art facilities, great food and excellent after care – with none of the things you don’t – like plush carpet or a fancy menu. Getting back to your old self again might not be as costly as you’d expect.


To learn more about paying for yourself, complete the contact form or call our dedicated Self Pay Advisors on

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Benefits of choosing Self Pay at Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, St Mary’s Portsmouth:

6 simple steps to get back on track

Step 1:
Get in touch with us

Our friendly team is on hand to answer any questions you might have, and explain our self pay solution to you before you start. We’ll make sure you have all the information you need.

Step 2:
Get your referral

Before you come to see us, speak to your GP or other healthcare professional (dentist, optometrist or physio, for example) and ask for an open referral letter.

Step 3:
Book your appointment

Once you have decided you would like to pay for your treatment, we can arrange your first consultation. Our initial consultation fee is £95.

Step 4:
Meet your consultant

Your specialist will discuss treatment options with you and explain any diagnostic tests you might need as part of your individual care package.

Step 5:
Book your treatment

You will be given a surgery time with very little wait. Payment is made before you start your treatment.

Step 6:
Get your life back on track

We’ll take care of the rest, leaving you to focus on treatment and recovery while our professional medical teams deliver your personalised care.


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